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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
The story this morning did not address if or how health insurance companies use comparative effectiveness research, or some similar process for deciding which treatments to cover. I've heard many anecdotal stories of insurance companies refusing to cover certain treatments in spite of doctor recommendations. This is a particularly important point in light of the Conservative for Patients' Rights spokesperson's comment about how terrible public-provided coverage is because it will (according to her) lead to the use of CER. But aren't most of us already subject to some version of this approach to treatment?
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